After he was caught lying under oath during his confirmation hearing, denying that he met with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The discovery of the coverup prompted Sessions to recuse himself from investigations into President Trump’s campaign.
Now, he may be forced to revise his story again.
Today, in a closed door session following James Comey’s bombshell testimony, the fired FBI Director told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the FBI intercepted Russian communications suggesting Sessions had a third undisclosed meeting with Kislyak.
CNN reports that three sources confirmed the revelation, which stems from Russian-to-Russian intercepts in which the meeting was discussed. Investigators have left open the possibility that Kislyak was exaggerating about the extent of the encounter, but Comey left no question that the Ambassador was heard bragging about his relationship with then-Senator Sessions.
The news appears to confirm an earlier CNN report that investigators were looking into a possible secret meeting between Kislyak and Sessions on April 27, 2016, at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel.
Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores dismissed the finding out of hand, saying, “The facts haven’t changed; the then-Senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel.”
Flores appears to be right about one thing: the facts have not changed. Sessions lied about his contacts with Russia during his confirmation, and if the FBI evidence is correct, he is still lying about those contacts today.